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Oh, Rats! Pittsburgh among worst cities for rodents

Ben Schmitt
| Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Pittsburgh is among the 'rattiest' cities in the U.S., according to Orkin.
Pittsburgh is among the 'rattiest' cities in the U.S., according to Orkin.

Cong-RATS Pittsburgh, you dropped four spots in the annual list of the “rattiest” cities in the U.S.

Orkin, a pest control company, released its Top 50 Rattiest Cities list Tuesday . For the third consecutive ranking, Chicago took the top spot.

Pittsburgh was No. 22, dropping four spots from a year ago. Across the state, Philadelphia came in at No. 6.

“The metro regions are ranked by the number of rodent treatments the company performed from September 15th, 2016, (to) September 15th, 2017,” the ranking survey said. “This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.”

In 2016, Pittsburgh was the 18th rattiest city in the United States.

Fall is the beginning of rodent season, according to Orkin. As the weather turns colder, rats and mice seek out food, water and shelter to survive the winter. More than 20 million rodents invade homes each year, according to the National Pest Management Association.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Bencschmitt.

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